The Power of the Mind

             Some say that the brain is one of the most powerful things one could possess. The mind can create and it can destroy; it should never be put to waste. No one knows the boundaries or the restrictions that the brain holds because no one has used it to its limit. No one has been able to use the brain to its full capacity. It seems as though Emily Dickinson is one of the many believers in the grandness of the brain and is well aware of the great power that the mind possesses. Some of Dickinson’s works suggest that she has a great admiration and a very high regard for the supremacy of the mind. Two of her poems in particular, “The Brain—is wider than the Sky—” and “To Make a Prairie It Takes a Clover,” appear to be unmistakable evidence of her attitudes and beliefs towards the magnificence and the grandeur that the brain and the mind hold.
             In “The Brain—is wider than the Sky—,” Dickinson compares the brain to other objects which could be considered to be grand. The never-ending sky, her first comparison, would seem minute, simply miniscule, compared to the width, the magnitude, of the brain. The enormity of both the sky and the brain are immeasurable. However, if one were to put both of them side by side, the vastness and the immensity of the sky could be very easily overtaken by that of the brain. The brain may seem as endless as the sky, but there must eventually be a boundary to which the sky can go, some kind of end, but the powerful brain knows no limits. There are no boundaries for the brain or for its capabilities to create and hold a variety and a large amount of information. The brain is so capable that it can hold both the sky and one’s self with ease. She also creates an analogy with the depth of the sea and its capacity. If one were to hold the sea and the brain side by side, “Blue to Blue,” the brain would be able to absorb the sea whole and still have space to absorb plenty more. Like a sponge, t...

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